I was at my parent’s house the other day with my brothers and their families. We were laughing and talking about our childhood. We ended the day in the yard with baseball gloves playing catch and reminiscing about the good old days. Of course, I had to tell a story about my oldest brother to his children that they could not believe.
When I was learning to catch my oldest brother would place me in front of the wood fence we had running along our drive way and he would tell me for each ball I dropped he would throw harder next time. At first I did not believe him but by the end the wooden spindles behind me would be splintering from baseballs going through them. He held true to his word.
I tell you what, I learned to catch and wasn’t scared of getting hit by the ball when we were done. It was trial by fire, succeed or face steep consequences.
Healthcare is constantly changing and we are in a position where we are learning on the fly and in a position of succeed or face steep consequences. As an organization facing decreasing reimbursement and tighter margins we have found a way to continue to succeed. Sometimes we miss a ball and the next comes a little harder but we manage to keep catching what comes at us and keep moving forward.
There is an exceptional team here at Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics and I’m proud to be a part of the team. Together we’ll face the challenges and continue to succeed even as they throw harder at us.
“I’ve figured out that life in general is a team effort, it’s a team game.” Joe Namath